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Grateful DeadGrateful Dead Live at Sam Boyd Silver Bowl, U.N.L.V. on 1993-05-16 (May 16, 1993)

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Collection: GratefulDead
Band/Artist: Grateful Dead
Date: May 16, 1993 (check for other copies)
Venue: Sam Boyd Silver Bowl, U.N.L.V.
Location: Las Vegas, NV

Source: SBD>DAT(48kHz)
Keywords: Live concert


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Touch Of Gray, Walkin' Blues, Althea, When I Paint My Masterpiece, Row Jimmy, Cassidy Samson & Delilah, Help On The Way-> Slipknot!-> Franklin's Tower-> Looks Like Rain-> Terrapin Station-> Drums-> Jam-> The Other One-> Wharf Rat-> Throwing Stones-> Turn On Your Love Light, E: Brokedown Palace

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SBD>DAT(48kHz); via Steve Herman; Seeded to etree by M. Walke

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Reviewer: drshakedown - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - July 10, 2013
Subject: Questioning the short 1st Set
I was here. The 1st sets were short all three nights because Sting came out at like 2 and the Dead at 4 at the latest, it was over 100 degrees by a lot. There ya go.

Reviewer: ballin-that-jack - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - October 26, 2010
Subject: Best Other One of the 90s
Yeah...I said it. Check out the spaced out echo intro as it drips in from the Elvis Space. Vince launching us into a higher stratosphere that we didn't know existed. Unconscious mind-bending keyboard work w/ Phil playing his bass off. Healy comes round and busts Bobby for smiling on a sunny day, tweaking his words into a liquid meltdown. Vince taking upward and onward while Jerry shreds. Vince dominating...pushing this O1 into a dimension where there was no alternative other than to question reality. Just as we thing we are dropping back into consciousness, Vince elects to take us back into the otherworld. Jerry rips away as the Rhytym Devils pound away and we rainbow and explode, only to be left with a bus stop in our head space. Healy tweaks us into never-ever land and then Vince's piano takes over as we drip into a serious Rat....

And a powerful Rat it is. You feel the power of the moment, as Jerry tells us a tale we all know and live. The bridge is nothing short of sweet and spectacular. The good lord willing...heaven on earth. I know that the liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiife....I'm living's no good!!!! The boys nail it. I have to stop here and point out that this maybe is some of Vince's finest playing. He colors the canvas with beautiful brushstrokes of elegance. Jerry's solo soars and the rest is history. I'm sure she's been true to you. Vince again with some strong playing leading into a Throwing>Lovelight combo...Bobby with a great effort despite his vocals clearly hanging by a thread. Hats off to you, Bobby Ace.

I would be remiss if I failed to mention some of the other highlights here in one of the finest moments of the post Brent-era Dead. Check out the Althea in the first set. I could write a full review of just this version, as it is one of my favorite all-time versions. Again, Vince brings so much. Listen to Jerry soar away on the solo.

Row Jimmy is absolutely gorgeous. Cassidy is powerful, stronger than a rat sandwich. Help>Slip is on fire. Lesh Philling, Bass Grate. I will have to come back for a full review. Until then, enjoy this hot night in Vegas...a fine example of how this band could still rip a hot one well into the mid-1990s. Five Stars Indeed.

Reviewer: jwbinaj - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - September 7, 2010
Subject: Help on the way...
Was in the parking lot for this one..Just got done listneing to the Help>Slip>Frank on "1 From the Vault"...What an incredible band The Dead were

Reviewer: MikesGroover - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - May 16, 2010
Subject: Stands the test of time
Even with a six-song first set, this show is one of the gems of 1993. Phil is really present in this mix.

Althea serves notice that Jerry is present, Row Jimmy has some pretty soloing and Cassidy is upbeat.

The second set has some fantastic moments, including the end of the Slipknot and Franklins. There's a nice Terrapin jam and the Other One develops slowly before roaring.

Bobby's growls "Fuck the earth today" during Throwing Stones.

Reviewer: dannox - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - August 21, 2009
Subject: Sweet memories
A truly wonderful Brokedown. Thank you for posting this. My final run of GD ended perfectly with this show.

I miss Jerry.

Reviewer: Kutsavi - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - December 8, 2008
Subject: Row That Boat, Vince
Let me start by saying I was at the show...no one has mentioned the thunder storm, so that might well have been another day in the whole chain of events at that particular Silver Bowl trip that I...well...tripped through. I also have to mention that this was my daughter's first set of Dead shows - she was seven months old, and had a blast. (She's 16 now - long strange one, that.)

I've been listening to Row Jimmy for about a week now, and I am absolutely blown away by Vince. I've used the equalizer to kind of isolate him as best as possible in this recording, (first set's from the radio so there's not a lot of quality to separate), and it really seems he was playing a different idea than the one we Deadheads came to expect...related of course...but his treatment of the tune is simply outstanding. In the two "jams" during the song, if they can be called that, he goes off exactly in the direction that I always have - it's a love song, and he throws in strings on that little "toy piano" of his that just bring tears to my eyes. And does he provide the flute?? Amazing stuff here. The instrumentals in all the 100's of other versions of the song I've heard have all had a sort of reggae vibe to them, especially the later ones. This one is SO different. The reggae comes in at the end, but it's kind of an afterthought, or maybe a tribute, or something to bring you back down and orient you - I've found that the boys did that a lot, too. Thank gawd. But even during the tune-up for the song, you hear a cello doing a drone warm up. I can't get enough of it. Surprised no one's mentioned it yet. Five stars fer sure, especially for a later show. Sure wish I had a really solid memory of it :-)

Reviewer: gdjake - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - March 3, 2008
Subject: one of the best...
....for this or ANY year. Different era's of the Dead have distinctly different sounds and different tunes, but the bottom line is this day the band was on....REALLY on.
Yes, bob was straining vocally, but like someone already mentioned, that almost made his effort MORE beautiful on "Looks Like Rain" and the scratch was welcome on a jam tune like "the Other One".

Yes, the 1st set was short, but honestly, maybe thats because the boys knew they had played pretty much perfect up to that point?
Maybe its because they knew they wanted to put on a marathon second set?

I dont know, but what i DO know is that the 1st set was stellar. The "Touch" opener was average at best, but this thing just gets better and better from then on.
"Row Jimmy", "Althea", and "Cassidy" were all well played, and what surprises me is no one mentioning the "Masterpiece".
One word: WOW
Jerry sings along on most of the song, which makes this version THE best latter day "Masterpiece" and one of the best ever. Bob's scratchy voice meshes well with Jerry, who really gives it his all on this one, as opposed to many latter years "Masterpiece" versions that saw Jerry only come in on the final "...someday, everything's gonna be different...."
The "Masterpiece" told us that we were in for a special treat.

As for the second set, what can i say that hasnt already been said?
It was......well, it was perfect. It was truly transcendant, and this from a guy who was stone cold sober during the show.
The "Franklins" deserves mention in the "best ever" discussions, and the consistent peaks reached in the jams in and around "The Other One" are dizzying.

5 star setlist, 5 star performance, 5 star sound.
an absolute must have.

ps- It's cliche to hack on Vince (and his keyboard, which of course was ridiculously expensive and state of the art), but Vince too sounded great during this show, and made us say "wow" more than a couple times, most notably on "Walkin Blues" and "Help> Slip> Franklins".

Reviewer: Gdtrfb75 - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - November 20, 2007
Subject: SLipKnot
I've loved this show since my cassette back in '93.
At one point Vince goes crazy and is abruptly cut-off by Jerry during Slipknot....worth the listen alone. Didn't Santana open, or was that '94? I had some poser acquaintances that left before GD came on.....Ouch....not smart.

I love reading people's opinions! H-Slip-Frank is top notch for '90's. BAD-ASS to say the least.
Althea and Wharf are great too.....the sound is near perfect...of course for streaming!

Enjoy!

Reviewer: Mike Cooley's evil twin - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - May 2, 2007
Subject: No mention of the Franklin's Tower?
The Help>Slip is average and downright awful in spots, imo. However, the Franklin's Tower is sublime...particularly the "...if you get confused..." break. Quite possibly the only thing I ever heard from Vince that got a "hell yeah" out of me. He and Jerry team up to shake the stadium at it's foundation going into that break. Great stuff. Otherwise, yes the Row Jimmy and the Althea are nice, yet each sounds a bit disjointed.

Weir's vocal problems don't explain the short first set...Jerry was up in the rotation, so it would have been he who cut it short.

And Jerry broke his string in the Looks Like Rain, not the Slipknot. He actually turns his volume up as he tuned up into key. He integrated it into the song.

There was a great vibe in the air at this show. Lots of smiles on stage and Jerry was hopping around, looking jubilant as could be. Sadly, it was a site I didn't get to see too often, being a late-comer.

Reviewer: DavidGlasses - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - March 13, 2007
Subject: Bob's ragged voice
A great ROW JIMMY in this show. But listen to LOOKS LIKE RAIN. Bob's voice is shot, yet he really give sit his all-- and puts out a great rendition.

Reviewer: August North - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - June 15, 2006
Subject: summer kick off
Sweetest show and the best time - Row Jimmy with Jerry sounding like he just fell in love. The groove was right and heat brought out the showers with nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile. Thank you

Reviewer: NTC - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - December 29, 2005
Subject: Jerry is ON
Jerry is ON. Very nice song selection as well, regardless of the short 1st set. Bob's voice is shot, but Jerry picks up the slack here. Goddamn Vince tho with that fucking toy piano.

Btw, all three stars are for Jerry. If Bob was on, and if Vince...well, if Vince was somebody else...I might give this one five stars.

Reviewer: NTC - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - December 29, 2005
Subject: Jerry is ON
Jerry is ON. Very nice song selection as well, regardless of the short 1st set. Bob's voice is shot, but Jerry picks up the slack here. Goddamn Vince tho with that fucking toy piano.

Btw, all three stars are for Jerry. If Bob was on, and if Vince...well, if Vince was somebody else...I might give this one five stars.

Reviewer: skb archives - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - November 16, 2005
Subject: NOT A SBD
This is really from the FM broadcast....
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Reviewer: dmilks - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - November 9, 2005
Subject: 5-16-93
Pretty good show all around. Phil's bass sounds a little distorted in the mix, but it could be my headphones. Cassidy is definetley the standout of Set I. It's gets OUT there. Samson is strong. Slipknot is a bit of a trainwreck at times. Set II has it's other moments, yet other than the novelty of some interesting noises, its pretty average IMHO.

Reviewer: Oh My Dearest - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - September 24, 2005
Subject: This is worth a listen.
First, do not ignore the first set of this show, specifically the Althea, which is smoking. Also the Row Jimmy is great with some great choppy interplay between Jerry and Phil. As for the second set, its a preety damn fine song selection and the Help/Slip/Franks, LLR, Terrapin and Other One are all preety heavy. Second, Vince plays well on this show and I'm not a big Vince fan. Thrid, the sound quality of this recording is exceptional. It's actually the last Healy broadcast and Jerry's got a big thick tone that's right up front in the mix. Lastly, Jerry is on. Enjoy.

Reviewer: jcoxsd - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - June 8, 2005
Subject: whoops wrong date

Reviewer: Gin Fizz - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - May 27, 2005
Subject: Forget Something, Bob?
A paltry first set, but the second more than made up for it. I had the impression that they had to wait on Bob for some reason before they could start after the break, and Jerry seemed a little irritated with him. Plus, Bob's voice was real ragged, so Jerry obligingly took some of the load off him....

Best show of this year's Vegas run by a mile, and a very nice recording of it.

Reviewer: lobster12 - 2.00 out of 5 stars2.00 out of 5 stars - April 18, 2005
Subject: they salvage a set
First set is a throwaway, but the second set is well played and has a great energey. Wish the rest of the weekend was like that

Reviewer: nathalie - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - February 6, 2005
Subject: Very Tight
Like many, 90s not my favorite. That said, this show is very nice. One not mentioned yet is Row. An excellent version and I really like that "flute thing" in the first 1/2. As short as the first set is- up until Cassidy- it is top notch

Reviewer: floydtrane - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - December 12, 2004
Subject: First 90's Tape
I saw Dark Star Orchestra play this at Mishawaka in Colorado, and the result was a desire to hear the Dead's version. I have never been a fan of the 90's, but my God...this show is hot. The licks the Jerry pulls on LLR (you can hear where Trey got some of his sound), the Althea, and the WharfRat are worth the download. But, the Brokedown is beautiful (an Althea and Brokedown in one show is sweet), and the H>S>F is sick.
What am I saying? This show has changed my mind about the 90's!

Reviewer: stealthhippy - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - November 27, 2004
Subject: wow.................
so what..only 6 songs in the first set?????????it was obvious bobby's voice was about as shot as jerry's usually is..but when they came back on..oh what a jam party.....jerry remembers the words, he noodles about every song they play in between songs, keeping you guessing, and w're off on the magic ride down the vega strip..download all of the vegas shows, from 92 on..usually, you're the winner..and archive.org..is the absolute king, bringing me back to the old days when the songs were so sweet......

Reviewer: dhs28 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - September 6, 2004
Subject: my favorite of 93'
the walkin' blues and row jimmy in the first set are fantastic. Second set obviously has many highlights, especially the slipknot. It's one of the only times I've ever been like man, have at it Vince, you really can play sometimes.

Reviewer: Fish Breath - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - August 2, 2004
Subject: Elvis Space!
This has one of the best Help/Slip/Franks from this late period as well as a monster second set w/Elvis samples sifting in and out of space. One of the better of the shows from what was the last year of any consistancy IMHO.

Reviewer: usblus - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - July 16, 2004
Subject: the second set !!!!!!!
listen for yourself, i was there and this set was some great Grateful Dead for the times. great song selection, presence and playing.....they were full of energy and suprises...making a vegas weekend what it is suppose to be.
after you get this, go get the 92 vegas run.

Reviewer: Honest Injun - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - July 15, 2004
Subject: These six song first sets have got to end
Think about the kind of effort it takes to get everyone in place for a stadium show. All the planning, all the packing, all the anticipation. Then you are finally there, with blankets the size of Texas, 30 feet back dead center with all your friends. Jerry is in the best mood he's ever been in, even doing a 360 at one point and grinning from ear-to-ear (was he in love, did he win at the craps table, or was it that his trusty briefcase was only ten feet away?) So after five songs, you're on a Vegas roll and have the crowd rockin' and boppin' with a nice Cassidy. This is what we've all waited for. What do you do in this magical moment? If you're Bobby, you step up to the microphone and say "We'll be back in just a little bit." No Bobby, what you do is you go into a scorching 15 minute Deal closer. You don't walk off the stage for almost an hour. If there had been any audience bleed on the SB you would have heard 40,000 people all shouting "NO!". During the same month 21 years earlier, they played 19 songs in the first set in London. 19 songs, people, including one of the best Playin climaxes ever (5/26/72). That's more songs than they played this entire day in one set! It wasn't even that hot out.

Glad I finally got that off my chest. Well, it was a pretty good show for the era, I got to meet Gary B. and the wave during the break was fun to watch from the floor. By the way, the reason the Slipknot is so long is because Jerry broke a string. That's why we get treated to an extra four minutes of Vince. Yay.

Man, Jerry was happy that day. Such a fine sight to see.

Reviewer: Honest Injun - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - July 15, 2004
Subject: These six song first sets have got to end
Think about the kind of effort it takes to get everyone in place for a stadium show. All the planning, all the packing, all the anticipation. Then there you finally there, with blankets the size of Texas 30 feet back dead center with all your friends. Jerry is in the best mood he's ever been in, even doing a 360 at one point and grinning from ear-to-ear (was he in love, did he win at the craps table, or was it that his trusty briefcase was only ten feet away?) So after five songs, you're on a roll and you got the crowd rockin' with a hot Cassidy. This is the moment we've all waited for. What do you do? If you're Bobby, you step up to the microphone and say "We'll be back in just a little bit." No Bobby, what you do is you go into a Deal closer. You don't walk off the stage for almost an hour. If there had been any audience bleed on the SB you would have heard 40,000 people all shouting "NO!". During the same month 21 years earlier, they played 19 songs in a first set in London. From 19 to 6. And one of those 6 was Walkin' Blues.

Glad I finally got that off my chest. By the way, the reason the Slipknot is so long is because Jerry broke a string and fixed it while the band played on. That's why we get treated to an extra four minutes of Vince.

Reviewer: bigray - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - June 1, 2004
Subject: killer 2nd set
I attend all 3 Vegas shows. Very average until the final set which was one of the best I've ever seen. What a surprise! A second set help>slip>franklins after samson. Made up for a mediocre weekend of shows.

Reviewer: LyleCrumbstorm - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - May 16, 2004
Subject: Ouch Bob!
Outstanding sound quality unfortunately Bob's voice needs a break during this entire show. I would recommend downloading this show if you need it in order to complete your collection or you are terribly interested in what most Dead Heads would classify as, "Not one of the Dead's more shining shows." ... Of course then there's the Terripan Station, & Other One that essentially nullifies everything I've just said.

I was at this show but needed to download it because some fungus in the parking lot made me slip into a parallel universe and miss most of the performance.

Reviewer: J.C. - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - May 14, 2004
Subject: Set II
Despite some flubbed lyrics and Bobby's vocal cord trouble, the second set of this show shimmers like silver 'neath the Vegas sun.

The Help->Slip->Frank is full of presence and serves as a precursor to the monster version in Eugene three months later. The Other One shook the entire stadium.

One of the bright spots of '93.